roo picking on hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by icut4cash, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. icut4cash

    icut4cash Hatching

    Jul 10, 2007
    Why does my rooster pick on the hens first thing in the morning? Every morning when i go to let them in the run, he pecks on the ones closes to him ,then hops to another roost and pecks them on the head. I have 2 roos and 10 hens, he is the main roo. He good the rest of the day.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    No idea. Maybe to make sure they remember that he's king of the roost before he does the treat finding for them during the day?
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:That would be my guess too.
    My roos do the chicken dance thing at the hens and shove them a little first thing.

    Maybe asserting their dominance?[​IMG]
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    My roo seems to attack the hens more in the morning too, especially
    when we first open the coop to let them in their run or out in the yard.
    I think he gets insecure about his ladies running in different directions
    or maybe he just gets a bit excited. [​IMG]

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